June 2017  
This Week's Events




Thursday Backpack
11:00 AM
We meet in the fellowship hall to pack up the food for the kids we will be feeding for the weekend, you are welcome to come and help.


AA Meeting
7:30 PM
Bible Search
Contact: John Epler



Supper for the Five Thousand

Mark 6: 35-36When his disciples thought this had gone on long enough—

it was now quite in the day—they interrupted: "We are a long way out in

the country, and it's very late. Pronounce a benediction and send these folks

off so they can get some supper 37Jesus said, "You do it. Fix supper for them."

They replied, "Are you serious? You want us to go spend a fortune on food

for their supper?" 38But he was quite serious…they all ate their fill.”






Many families struggle to eat healthy meals and snacks every day. food4kids Backpacks is a free ministry. It is an effort by the Peninsula Community, sponsored by OP UMC in Ocean Park, Washington to help families eat more healthy meals and snacks through their local elementary school. 



History of the Program

The concept for a backpack club was started in 1995 by an Arkansas school nurse. Working with a local Little Rock food bank, the nurse and a group of volunteers began sending food home with needy children. After being teased for being poor, the volunteers began putting the food in backpacks to make it less conspicuous.



How food4kids Backpacks Works


Each Friday afternoon elementary school children receive a backpack of healthy food and snacks. On Monday the child returns the empty backpack to their school nurse or the office to be restocked with food for the following Friday.   food4kids backpacks may include the following items: cereal, breakfast bars, oatmeal, juice, tuna kits, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter crackers, soup, apple sauce, fruit cups, ravioli, vegetables, milk, and other nutritious food, see list on back of brochure.

We send 6 balanced meals, 6 healthy snacks,along with Fresh Milk and Fresh Fruit in every pack for each child.


Who Can Participate?

 In January 2011, food4kids Backpacks began working with families at the OP elementary school.  Low income families should contact their elementary school principal to find out if they qualify for the program.  Program participation will be kept as confidential as possible. A parent or guardian must return a signed permission form for their child to participate. This form is available from their elementary school principal.


Program Partners


 food4kids Backpacks is supported by the Peninsula Community, OP UM Church, Ilwaco-Long Beach Kiwanis, Ocean Park Elementary School, many other businesses along the Peninsula, and many, many donations from individuals who support food4kids Backpacks.


How Can I help?

 food4kids Backpacks needs volunteers to pack and deliver backpacks on a weekly basis.  This happens at the UMC church at 11:00am every Thursday morning. You can go to the store and buy items on our list and drop them at the church or at one of the many dropoff points on the Peninsula. Here is a list, needed are especially those highlighted.




Needed Food Items in Individual Serving Sizes


V-8 Juice or 100% Orange Juice

Hot Chocolate – sugar fee

Oatmeal (Box with Individual Packages)

Cold Cereal non sugar

Granola Bars/Breakfast Bars


Peanut Butter/Jelly

Fruit Cups/Canned Fruit/fresh fruit

Canned Chili

Tuna Kits

Macaroni and Cheese Singles

Top Ramen

Spagettios or Ravioli

Chicken or Vegetable Soup

Canned Vegetables


Pudding cups/ Apple Sauce

Single Serving Unrefrigerated Milk






Financial donations can be sent to Ocean Park UM



 Po Box 326 

Ocean Park, WA. 98640



More Information

For more information on the food4kids Backpacks contact,  John Epler 665-2598 or opumc@centurytel.net



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